We are very excited to announce that TheChessWorld.com starts to publish series of chess article written by an innovative chess instructor John Herron for TOTAL CHESS: Learn, Teach and Play the Easy 1-2-3 Way. We believe that many of our readers would greatly benefit from the information presented in these lectures, thanks to the John Herron’s ability to explain complex concepts in simple words.
Important chess concepts such as chess tournaments, chess variants, sportsmanship, piece strategy, pawn advances, exchanges and many more will be covered throughout the course of lectures.
I have written multiple articles about analyzing chess positions and about playing strategies in losing, drawish and winning positions. However, I did not specifically emphasized how to think during the game of chess in general.
I understand, that each player is different and things that one uses may not work for the other or vice versa. I will try to summarize main ideas that can be applied to all or at least many different kinds of chess games.
Most people know basic chess rules such as how pawns and pieces move, how the king is getting checkmate, and so on. But there are also a few chess rules that novice players are unaware of.
For example, when you capture somebody’s pawn via en passant they may look surprised and claim illegal moves. That’s because many casual players don’t know that rule even after they play many games.
Today’s topic is triangulation. We will cover a neat technique that will help you to win chess endgame positions in which it seems that’s impossible to make progress.
The triangulation is applicable in such endgame positions where you would like to lose a tempo, keeping the position the same.
In other words, if it’s not your move, but your opponent’s the game is won for you.
I know you might think, ‘What? Why do we want to lose a move, when we struggle so much to get a tempo in the opening or in the middle game?’ Endgames are completely different animals, sometimes to win a game we need to give up a move opportunity in order to drive the opponent’s King away from the important square.
Black plays a passive move with its Knight in order to trick White to accept the pawn which would gain Black some material in the long run.
Elephant Trap is the trap for White that occurs in a popular variation of Queen’s Gambit Declined. White pins the Black’s f6 knight and captures the d5 pawn not realizing that it’s actually them who blundered and about to lose a piece, and most likely a game. It is a ‘must to know’ trap to have in your repertoire if you are a d4 player or/and if you often face 1.d4.
Not only it will help you win some online blitz games, but it also can trick an unaware yet greedy over the board opponent and bring you an easy win. It also helps to know the classical traps so that you don’t become a victim of one and lose a game prematurely without the fight..It’s never good.
Many of the players that play chess over the board also love to play online chess. At the same time many online chess play over the board chess. I have already posted about the differences between online and over the board chess, today we’ll strictly focus on online chess and all the things that come with it.
If you are a causal online chess player you will be interested in the list below…
All chess players have lost games. All chess players have lost games while being in a good position, maybe up some material. It is usually the most painful experience when you lose a chess game that you were winning just a move before. A little, tiny thing you do in one second can ruin previous hours of concentrated work and great amount effort put throughout the game.
The price of a wrong move is too high in chess. For instance, in basketball you can make a mistake, allow your opponent to score and you can keep playing and still have a good chance winning the game. In the game of chess if you drop your queen or miss a mate there is no way you can recover. Chess players are all different, but in one thing they all the same: no one likes losing.
I have always emphasized that tactics is one of the most important elements of chess on any level, and especially for the novice players. By perfecting tactical vision a chess player will be able to “see” more things going on at any chess game.
Not only will tactics helps to attack, fork and checkmate your opponent, but also it will shield you away from the opponent’s tricks winning and saving tons of games.